As we head into another prep winter season with basketball action across the Tri-State area, let’s take some time to clean out the notebook:
** Eric Michael, Washington County Supervisor of Athletics, did a discount dabble-check about a recent understanding that has become a misunderstanding involving public address announcements in schools during basketball games.
It looked like no school, of which we have very few here that do so anyway, would be able to continue the process of announcing goals, free throws, personal fouls etc. etc at games, much in the way you would hear the eloquent Scott Nicewarner handle duties at South Hagerstown.
“I checked with MPSSAA officials about the ruling and nothing really changed,” Michael said. “Schools that do announce just have to make sure they stick with what pertains to the game.”
Now, in the same light as the boys, let’s give you my preseason Super 7 GIRLS
It’s difficult to go against anyone other than a team that has had its core group together for a lifetime.
That’s the case when it comes to South Hagerstown, still looking to crack through to the Maryland State final four in 3A.
Here is the Super 7 preseason GIRLS
1 South Hagerstown
5 North Hagerstown
7 St Maria Goretti
Here we go …. In a short time the 2013-14 pre basketball season opens in earnest.
Now, let me say the following statements/predictions are made based on a conversations with coaches and reading previews that have been scripted elsewhere.
I am understanding there is a new venue for the Maryland girls basketball state championships beginning this year.
The new location will be the SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University. The new arena holds about 1,200 more than UMBC, where the tournament had been played for the past 20 years.
The tournament will be held on March 12, 13 and 15. There is a previously-scheduled event on March 14, so there will be an open date between the semifinals and finals.
The boys state tournament will continue at Comcast Center.
Wednesday (Nov. 13) is a big day officially for several prep athletes in the immediate area.
It’s the first day in which they can sign their papers to attend the college in which they have already given verbal committments to.
Headlining the group is St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben, who will take his wares to the University of Notre Dame to play basketball. He’ll be signing Wednesday at 3 p.m. and of course, I’ll be there.
Earlier in the day Wednesday, Williamsport’s Riley Arnone will sign on the dotted line to attend Winthrop University on a baseball ride.
Up north in Warfordsburg, Pa., Southern Fulton’s Macey Hollenshead will officially sign with Fairfield University, where she will continue playing girls basketball.
On Saturday, Saint James will take center stage with three individuals setting their future.
In basketball, Obi Enechionyia will sign to attend Temple University and Mayimba will ink his name on a George Mason University document.
Also in baseball, Ryan Ricci will sign with George Mason University. Ricci is from Greencastle-Antrim.
South Hagerstown’s Katrice Dickson, who is committed to play women’s basketball at Mount St. Mary’s, is likely to sign her papers on Monday.
Now that we have the recent verbal commitments from St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben to go to Notre Dame and from Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia to Temple, we can look ahead to the two stars locking horns during the regular season.
Saint James will play at St. Maria Goretti on Friday, January 17 … mark it down on the calendar, because seating will be at a premium at the Gael Center on the Goretti campus. It should be a huge night.
And, it is possible the two teams could meet again 8 days later in the IPSL championship game.
I know this won’t happen, but I’d like to suggest trying to move the game to HCC … Dare I say basketball fans should come out of the woodwork to see this one.
The weekend of September 6th, known as the opening weekend of prep sports for public schools in Washington County, ended up being a big weekend for a pair of private school prep stars.
St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben and Saint James’ Obi Enechionyia made their verbal choices for their future college education and athletics.
I am sure I will catch some flack for this comment, but hear me out:
Geben has given the University of Notre Dame his verbal. In Washington County, this is the biggest college choice EVER by any athlete from this county. I am saying CHOICE, not results. Certainly, there was Rodney Monroe at North Carolina State and others.
But based on name, who is greater? Notre Dame …. Obviously the results by Monroe at NC State are untouched.
Enechionyia made his verbal on Sunday after he visited Temple University. He also had a visit scheduled for Georgia Tech next week, but he enjoyed the Philadelphia school and that’s where he’ll go.
MMM, I’m obviously not in on the inside of the Maryland Terps basketball … have even enjoyed meeting and talking with coach Mark Turgeon ….. and, I’m not a Terps follower, BUT, two more players that skip out on Maryland.
The prep football season is here and that gives me an opportunity to listen to all the hype, or in some cases non-hype, for our area teams.
Here is my totally unofficial crystal ball with won-loss records of Washington County football teams this season.
1) North Hagerstown (8-2)
2) South Hagerstown (8-2)
3) Williamsport (4-6)
4) Hancock (4-6)
5) Saint James (4-4)
6) Boonsboro (3-7)
7) Smithsburg (3-7)
8) Clear Spring (3-7)
As you know, this is only a guessing game from what looks good, and bad, on paper.
We’ll see how it shakes out in November.
It doesn’t happen often in the playoffs, but Washington County had a perfect day on Wednesday in Maryland’s baseball postseason action.
First, North Hagerstown downed Urbana 4-1 and South Hagerstown beat Damascus 4-3 in 11 innings in Class 3A ball.
In Class 2A, Williamsport hits the road and beats Winters Mill 9-4, andin Class 1A Clear spring douses Boonsboro 11-0.
Thursday: South Hagerstown at Seneca Valley.
Friday: The South-Seneca winner plays at North.
Friday: Williamsport plays at Catoctin.
Friday: Clear Spring meets Allegany at McCurdy Field in Frederick.
These are all region finals with berths in the state tournament up for grab.
This is what I come up with for the 2012-13 Tri-State basketball season. Obviously I have not seen everyone, so much is based on what I heard from others and stats,but for the fun of it, let’s have a go at it:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Donte Grantham, Martinsburg
Martin Geben, St. Maria Goretti
Obi Enechionyia, Saint James
Jalen Lewis, Martinsburg
Devon King, South Hagerstown
Sterling Christy, Williamsport
Kellen Williams, Chambersburg
Dominique Newman, Washington
Donte Grantham, Martinsburg